British singer Ellie Goulding set out to make folk music, but those plans were derailed when she met record producers Starsmith and Frankmusik, who introduced her to the world of electronic music. She combined forces with several electronic artists to create music that has been dubbed "Folktronica," in which electronic effects serve as the background to Goulding’s distinctive, breathy vocals. This was the sound of Goulding’s debut studio album ‘Lights,’ released in 2010. Her next album, 2012’s ‘Halcyon,’ sacrificed some of that indie folk sound to venture further into electronica territory. Some tracks even feature some heart-stopping Dubstep, and this is probably due to the influence of Skrillex, with whom Goulding toured and briefly dated. The radio star is talented with multiple instruments in addition to her voice, and her rising popularity in the world of pop music shows no signs of halting anytime soon.
Elena Jane Goulding (born 30 December 1986), known professionally as Ellie Goulding, is an English singer-songwriter. In 2010 she became the second artist to both top the BBC's annual Sound of... poll and win the Critics' Choice Award at the BRIT Awards in the same year, following Adele's win of both in 2008. After signing to Polydor Records in 2009, she released her first EP in 2009, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding, followed by her debut studio album Lights in 2010. Her album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 650,000 copies in the UK. "Lights" was released in America March 8th 2011, where the title track has been certified platinum by the RIAA (excess of 1 million units sold) . Goulding has a soprano vocal range and her musical style has been compared to that of Kate Nash, Meiko, Lykke Li and Tracey Thorn. Goulding was born and brought up in a small town near Hereford, Herefordshire, the second of four children into a Jewish family.
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